Carnero Guard Station Cabin

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

located on county road 41G

The Carnero Guard Station, first proposed in 1907, by the Cochetopa National Forest, was originally named the John Smith Ranger Station after a homesteader who built a cabin near the site, but never filed on the land. The name was changed to the Carnero Guard Station by 1916. Construction began on April 16, 1908 by W.L. Ward, the contractor. At that time Tebo Gallegos was the Carnero District Ranger. The cabin is a good base camp for hunting. Fishing is available in several creeks within an easy drive (please check Colorado Division of Wildlife for fishing seasons and rules). The trailhead for the La Garita Wilderness (20 + miles west) can be reached via 4 x 4 and Forest Service roads. There is an ATV trail about 10 miles southwest of the cabin that travels to within 2 miles of the La Garita Wilderness. Reminder, no motorized vehicles allowed in any wilderness area. Wildlife in the area includes deer, elk and coyote. Moose have been spotted in the Moon Pass area, about 5 miles west. The cabin is surrounded by a buck & pole fence. Visitors to the National Forest are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations of the forest. Travel maps for the Rio Grande National Forest can be obtained by calling the Forest Service Office in Saguache 719-655-2547 or Monte Vista 719-852-5941.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: NO WATER AVAILABLE May 17 - June 17, 2016    Seasonally opens May 20, 2015 and closes in Nov. 24. 
Operational Hours: CLOSED Check in time 2 pm, check out time is 12 noon. Access via combo locks.  Details will be sent by NRRS once reservation is completed.  Call the Saguache Ranger District, 719-655-2547, with questions.  Hours M-F 0800 - 1630, closed weekends & holidays.
Reservations: Reservations and payment made through recreation.gov link in right column --> or call 877-444-6777. 
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $50/Night for single unit 
Permit Info: $ 50.00 per night, plus a $9.00 non-refundable reservation fee.
Open Season: Closed November 15th Until
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Access via combo locks.  Details will be sent by NRRS once reservation is completed.  Call the Saguache Ranger District, 719-655-2547, with questions.  Hours M-F 0800 - 1630, closed weekends & holidays. Renters are required to pack out all garbage. Make sure the fire in the outside fire ring is completely out. No hot coals above or below the surface of the soil. Clean the cabin, leaving it in the condition is was found or better. Please lock door when leaving. Be sure to close the gate when you leave. Lock entry gate.
Closest Towns: La Garita, CO
Water: Yes - outside hand pump
Restroom: Yes - outside vault
Operated By: Forest Service - This cabin is part of the NRRS. Reserve this unit by calling NRRS at 1-877-444-6777

General Information

Directions:

From Saguache travel south on Hwy 285 17 miles to La Garita turnoff (County Rd G). Go west to La Garita (6 miles), from La Garita proceed west on Cnty Rd 41G approximately 17 miles, cabin is on the right. Cabin may also be accessed from Highway 114 west of Saguache, go south on 41G.


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County Road 41G offers views of unusual rock formations; including Hell's Gate, and Natural Arch on Forest Road 659 a few miles south.


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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Toilets
Tent camping
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.98958

  Longitude : 
-106.423437

  Elevation : 
9,862

 



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